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At The Cowshed

9.7

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General

  • Shepherd's huts at a small, friendly site in the village of Kilmington
  • On the Wiltshire Cycleway, two miles from Stourhead Estate
  • Comfy beds, hot showers, shared kitchen, firepit and hot tub

At The Cowshed is a small cluster of handmade traditional shepherd’s huts in the Wiltshire village of Kilmington, within the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Each of the smart huts has been kitted out with comfy beds (with bedding supplied), and they share a well-equipped kitchen that has plenty of utensils and basic provisions plus a hob, an oven and a fridge (in which you’ll find breakfast packs to get your morning off to a cracking start). Nearby are a couple of toilets and hot showers with lots of nifty touches including body wash and hooks to hang all your bits and bobs on.

And the facilities list goes on… that shared area also has a barbecue space, a firepit for chilly evenings and a hot tub for swish soaks (most welcome after a day of hiking or bike riding in the gorgeous surrounds). One thing you’ll not be provided with is wifi – and there’s little mobile signal either, so you can really switch off and settle into the important business of properly relaxing.

Speaking of hikes and bike rides, this is a splendid spot for both – the site is on the Wiltshire Cycleway and near to plenty of woodland, quiet paths and pretty villages that all merit a visit on foot or two wheels (Stourhead Estate’s just a couple of miles away too). If you need ideas, maps or pub recommendations, have a chat with friendly hosts Richard and Charlotte (they’ll also be able to sort cycle storage to keep your steed dry, or warm your boots on the Aga if you get caught in a downpour…)


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9.7

Overall rating based on 40 reviews

 

98% would recommend this site to a friend.

98% would stay here again.

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Really enjoyed our stay. The breakfast materials in the fridge …02/11/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomTom C.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Really enjoyed our stay. The breakfast materials in the fridge were amazing and the huts were warm and cosy. No mobile coverage let us disconnect and enjoy ourselves as a family. A good location for the day trips we wanted to make to Glastonbury, Longleat and Cheddar. Big open field with a big open October sky.

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Lovely stay31/10/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAdam V.Confirmed

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    We had a lovely stay, myself and my wife wanted a nice getaway out in the country. The hut was very cosy and had nice facilities to keep it warm. The location was quiet and peaceful which was what we were looking for.

    We were provided with a nice breakfast pack and the kitchen space was ideal for this, ended up having a lovely breakfast outside with excellent views.

    We left the child friendliness blank as we were travelling as a couple so we cannot comment on this, also as we are in the middle of the country there was no wifi and low signal but i feel this is to be expected.

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A truly amazing site.14/10/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKirsty P.Confirmed

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    We had a fantastic weekend at the Cowshed. Facilities were spotless and everything was provided for us. Endless wood for the firepit and the wood burning stove to heat the hot tub. Charlotte was so helpful with regards to local information and any enquiries we had. We had a truly amazing time, loved every minute.

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From the manager...

Thank you, was lovely to have you!

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If you are reading this, don't hesitate, book now!08/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRyan P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Stayed in a two person hut for a birthday.

    Very clean, well stocked kitchen.
    Nice facilities including garden area.
    Friendly and approachable host.
    Quiet and tranquil, amazing view of the night sky.
    Quirky logburner and hot tub set up, great idea but plan ahead if you want to use! 3 hours to heat up properly. Free fire wood.

    Due to lack of available outdoor lighting, take some torches, I wonder if putting up fairy lights around the hot tub area would be allowed without light pollution ruining the view of the stars?
    Mattresses are firm, a bit too hard for me but this is more personal preference, my partner had no complaints.

    Morning breakfast was a lovely addition and hosts are more than happy to cater to dietary requirements.

    Disliked: 

    Having to leave.

From the manager...

Yes maybe fairy lights would work I will look into my planning, SO pleased you enjoyed your stay. Come back soon!

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A perfect getaway with friends and children. Great location, beautiful …06/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

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    A perfect getaway with friends and children. Great location, beautiful setting, cosy huts, gorgeous sunsets and night time skies, lovely friendly hosts, great company and fun neighbours...excellent facilities such as clean toilets, a very well stocked kitchen, bbqs, free firewood! hot tub (the kids did not want to get out!) quirky communal eating area etc the list goes on. So many thoughtful touches to make your stay hassle free and relaxing from beds made up on arrival, a delicious breakfast plate for your first morning, to a supply of games for children and adults alike to keep entertained. We literally did not want to leave! Thank you Charlotte and Richard for a great weekends stay!

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From the manager...

Was lovely to have you, do come back!

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Breakfast pack was little but beautiful ingredients.06/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAbbie T.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Everything. Beautiful. Loved it

    Disliked: 

    Would just say to but some anti grips on the steps as slippery. Also a light by the fire pit. Maybe a sensor one.

From the manager...

thank you for your feedback, unfortunately due to being an Area of outstanding of natural beauty we are very limit with lights! however the stars at night are beautiful. Grips on the steps definitely something we will look into. Come again!

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Everything about it. Great location.06/09/2021

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    Everything about it. Great location.

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Great, thank you!v Come back soon

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Fantastic location, very clean with great facilities - very relaxing09/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

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    Space, setting, layout of huts, hot tub, communal area, thoughtful touches: breakfast pack, mini fridge in hut, clean bedding and towels, very well equipped communal kitchen (kettle, crockery, toaster, oven), trolley for transporting stuff from car, gas bbqs, chairs and table outside each hut, clean toilets and toilet showers and lovely welcome from Owner.

    Disliked: 

    Double bed a bit lumpy (better than sleeping in tent)! Would be good to have some sort of shelving / storage in the hut maybe in shower too (it was too steamy and wet to hang bits on back of door). Very minor points and I think “dislike” is probably a bit too strong. Would not hesitate to recommend or rebook.

From the manager...

Thank you for your feedback, will look into something in the showers.
Look forward to you coming again

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OK for a short break04/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNichola A.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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    The showers were always hot and the water pressure good. Breakfast by the fire on the cooler days was nice (but only one family at a time can do this). Huts are well insulated and very soundproof which surprised us.

    There are lights and 4 power sockets in the hut and a fridge and heater. (Although for us the heat from the fridge kept the hut quite warm). Although the bedside light provided in ours was missing the cable to get it to work so it was just for show!

    You get a plate of cooked breakfast ingredients for breakfast on your first day which was nice.

    The chickens by the entrance to the field are cute and the field full of sheep next door are lovely neighbours and the kids loved them.

    Storage is at a premium in the huts, but there is space to slide narrow cases under the bed in the shepherd's hut (carry on size in width) for easier organisation.

    It's a very safe field and enclosed so small people can run free, but beware of stinging nettles and the large stone mushrooms which didn't look very safe for littles to play near. There's a single swing to keep older kids occupied so worth bringing some things like bikes and balls if you have small people with you.

    The small nature of the site does mean you get to know the other families well, and all were very pleasant and nice to get to know. The children all played together regardless of ages and shared turns on the swing well too. There was a nice feeling of cooperation on tasks like getting the fire going long enough for the hot tub as well, and coordinating loo roll supply!

    Disliked: 

    We stayed for a week, but I feel like it's more a place that you stay one or two nights as otherwise the flaws start to get to you.

    You can't take your car to the hut to unload and the trolley provided is very heavy (and as you aren't greeted you may miss it). Beds are hard, and the cupboard in our shepherd's hut stank of damp. There is no ladder onto the top bunk in the 4 man huts, and where a perfect place for a cupboard and ladder unit is in the hut there's a massive milk churn which just got in the way and took up valuable space.

    They provide everyone with towels but no way of hanging them to dry in the hut (eventually a clothes horse appeared by the fire in the communal area... but was hanging the towels of guest who had left many days previous and not bothered to put their towels back in the hut).

    They give you the ingredients for a fried breakfast on the first day... but no oil, washing up liquid, cloths, etc so when 4 families all had their first day at the same time like we all did, we ended up with a marathon pan scrubbing session using just a dishcloth and nothing was clean until the next day when we went shopping for cleaning supplies! Just a note, they also don't provide shower gel in the showers (as I think the description says they do). Toilet roll we think was guest provided (although we were never sure, it just ran out a lot and we all took turns getting more when it did) but we did think the hand soaps may have come from the owners as there were always loads of them.

    Hot tub is so dangerous and would honestly recommend no children at all in there. My 4 year old daughter got a massive burn from the uncaged outlet as the pipes are angled wrong so you get hot steam bubbles shooting out instead of a flow of warm water. My husband was in with her, supervising and trying to keep her away from the outlet at the time, but a steam bubble shot out of the outlet and scalded her badly. Also takes 3-5 hours to heat. Hot tub water is changed once a week, but just before it's changed can be quite sooty from the fire going for so many days with the chimney outlet next to it.

    The main kitchen kitchen was so small and always a bit grotty and unclean. The previous night's sea of cups were always there in the morning, all dishes in the clean area were sticky and unclean so you had to rewash everything before use. The fridge would have the unwashed breakfast plates (which had contained unpacked bacon and sausages from the owner on your first day) for many days after they were put in the fridge, and recipients had often left many nights previous. Which felt like a mega food hygiene fail.

    The communal area is also really small and pretty grubby because of fire ash and dining, and the cushions look like they could really use a wash!

    Obviously can't be helped but phone signal is incredibly poor in the area so plan you activities and download any maps you need before you go as you can't get enough to book or download maps on most networks (three seemed a bit better but O2 is non existent... not enough to send a text message most of the time).

    And due to the high location, Kilmington is much cooler than the villages around so bring a few extra layers! It gets really windy in the field at night especially.

    While we were there, two different families left a night earlier than planned.

From the manager...

Blimey, so disappointed to read all of the negatives! You said nothing when you were here - we could have helped.
Obviously very sorry your daughter hurt her arm we are looking into adjusting the pipe, however it is rustic and we advertise as nothing more than shepherds huts in a field with a wood fire hot tub with poor signal.
The two families didn't leave early because they where un happy one had a family emergency and the other dropped their phone in the hot tub so needed to get home to sort it before work.
All communal areas are only as clean as people treat them /leave them, they are cleaned by us every 2/3 days as is the hot tub - depends on turn a round.
Cars are not allowed to the huts for safety reasons, planning and its not advertised as being able to park/unload by hut - so another irrelevant point.
There isn't meant to be a ladder for the top bunk, you use the bed below, and how awful I love the milk churns they have been beautifully painted by a lady in the village and are in keeping with a shepherds/gypsy hut and act as a bedside table.
The kitchen is always fulled stocked with cloths/ washing up liquid etc under the sink and although small it has everything you need. Everyone just need to take their turn and many many people have made it work this summer.
The corner cupboard is not damp, it's extremely old and there is an old furniture smell, its creative and characterful.
I contact everyone who comes to stay the day before they arrive or on the morning, with clear instructions and I purposely do not come over the communal areas unless I have too to maintain the guests privacy. However in the message I always say come to the house if there are any problems or I can help - and you didn't. I try very hard to meet and great everyone but sometimes that is not possible however like I said before clear instructions are given with my kitchen door open nearly 12 hours a day only when I go out do I shut it.
There are lots of printed walks and a couple of OS maps for use.
The breakfast packs are very very popular and are well covered when I put them in the fridge, there is a fridge in each hut should you not want to use the communal fridge.
I am not sure what experience you were after but its safe to say hutting is not for you, things like stinging nettles (of which there are so few) in a field can't be helped, the point of staying at the cowshed is being with nature - something you obviously totally missed!
Such a shame to leave such a horrible review - it seems you are the only one who has many of these problems and I really hope it doesn't put others off coming.

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Great site, clean and tidy and excellent hosts.03/09/2021

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Shepherd's hut (four man)
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    We loved the coziness of the Shepherds Hut and the fire heated hot tub. It’s peaceful and beautifully situated for lots of walks and exploring.

    Disliked: 

    Lack of light over the BBQ and could do with a couple of chopping boards.

From the manager...

Glad you enjoyed your stay!
Unfortunately due to being an area of outstanding natural beauty we are restricted with our lighting. Maybe I should move the BBQs around to the shack where there is lighting.
Chopping boards sorted! thanks for the feedback

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Coronavirus

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Deep cleaning of accommodation units between guests

Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided

Shared spaces: daily deep cleaning

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Hot tub

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Camping 2.0

Shepherd's huts

Themes

Forest

Leave the car at home

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Shop nearby

Type

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

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Location

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  • Kilmington, Wiltshire, England, BA12 6QU
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.1327°N 2.3319°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Market Place — 6.8 miles
Market Place — 6.8 miles
Market Place — 8.3 miles
Train stations
Bruton Rail Station — 5.2 miles
Frome Rail Station — 6.6 miles
Gillingham (Dorset) Rail Station — 7.3 miles
Ferry ports
Temple Meads Station Ferry Landing — 24.5 miles
Prince Street Bridge Ferry Landing — 24.6 miles
Temple Bridge (Bristol) Ferry Landing — 24.7 miles
Airports
Bristol International Airport — 24.0 miles

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Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Attractions and activities nearby include:

- Stourhead (National Trust estate): five minutes’ drive

- King Alfred’s Tower: five minutes

- Frome (market town with lots of independent shops): 15 minutes

- Hauser & Wirth (arts centre with gallery and sculpture park): 15 minutes

- Longleat House and safari park: 20 minutes

- Haynes International Motor Museum: 20 minutes

- East Somerset Railway: 20 minutes

- Glastonbury: 40 minutes.

Must see

  • Stourhead House and Garden (1.9 miles)
  • Longleat (4.4 miles)
  • Haynes International Motor Museum (11.7 miles)

National Trust

  • Stourhead (2.0 miles)
  • West Pennard Court Barn (13.7 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart by:  10 a.m.

At The Cowshed cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

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Deposit transferable during COVID-19. At The Cowshed will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

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  • Does At The Cowshed have a swimming pool? No View all features
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  • What attractions are near At The Cowshed? Attractions and activities nearby include: - Stourhead (National Trust estate): five minutes’ drive - King Alfred’s Tower: five minutes - Frome (market town with lots of independent shops): 15 minutes - Hauser … Read more
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    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
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Admission
At least one of the party members must be aged 21 or over.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
There is no reception at this site. Please check in at the house instead.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 7 day(s) of arrival.

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.

Vehicles
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors
Visitors must leave the premises by 11 p.m..

Additional terms

Please note that the hot tub is not available through the winter, from 1 October to 31 March.

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